Automated hiring, scheduling, and workplace monitoring are transforming the daily lives of people who work for big companies. And new kinds of work are offering more opportunity, and more risk, to individuals on flexible terms. Here’s where we take a look at what it all means.

Lawsuit Raises Novel Question About Off-Site Employee Surveillance

A Californian woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was fired from her company after she deleted a mobile application that tracked her movements, even while off duty. The suit raises a novel question regarding employee privacy.

Internet Background Checks Put Jobs Out of Reach for Many

Inexpensive online searches of criminal history databases are making it harder than ever for those with a record to find gainful employment. The information reported can be inaccurate or misleading, and may include misdemeanors or even arrests that did not lead to convictions. These costs fall hardest on people of color, who have disproportionate contact with the criminal justice system.

Personality Tests’ Fairness, Effectiveness Questioned

Employers are increasingly using personality tests to judge applicants for customer-service jobs. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is investigating whether such tests illegally discriminate against qualified applicants who suffer from mental illness.

Scheduling Software Can Leave Employees’ Lives Behind

The software that many major retail and restaurant chains use to schedule their workers can wreak havoc with the lives of employees, who often face unpredictable shifts. We review a must-read New York Times story that explores the impact of these tools at Starbucks and other employers.

In Tech Workplaces, Less Diversity Than Supply Predicts

More tech companies are releasing workplace diversity reports, which show lackluster diversity across the board. A limited pipeline of diverse applicants is part of the challenge, but there is more to the story.